All the rules of magic for 51 fantasy universes in 1 huge chart

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Dec 16, 2012

Ever wondered how magic works in Harry Potter? Or Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Or the Discworld series of books? Thanks to this graphic, you don't have to wonder much longer.

Writers MaryKate Jasper and Sophie Bushwick, along with designer Stephanie Fox, have assembled the facts on 51 fantasy universes, so we can compare how they work. Points of comparison include "Where does magic come from?" and "Is magical ability hereditary, or can anyone learn?"

It's a great guide to popular universes, some of which we haven't read/seen ... yet. King Killer Chronicles, here we come!

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